Progressive rock titans Coheed and Cambria wrapped up a two night stand at Boston’s House of Blues last night. The shows were the first two of the band’s tour in support of their new album “The Color Before the Sun.” The album is the band’s first non-concept album in their lengthy career. Opting to go in a new direction for the album has worked out well for them, as the album skyrocketed to number one on the US Top Rock album charts. After a sold out night one in Boston Coheed and Cambria were back it again on Tuesday, hitting Boston with another dose of their unique sound.
The show began when frontman Claudio Sanchez and guitarist Travis Stever came out and performed the acoustic song “Ghost” with just a single blue light illuminating the pair. It didn’t take long for the show to kick into high gear; however, as the second song performed was “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3” an 8 minute epic and fan favorite. The crowd sang back the lyrics and chanted during the choruses, bringing the feel of a large festival performance to the Lansdowne St. venue. Moving along in the setlist, the love song “Here to Mars” was an emotional moment in the night, which was followed up by one of the heaviest songs in the band’s catalog “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant” to bring the energy level in the room back up.
As the main set neared its end, Coheed hit their fans with another high energy classic on the tune “No World for Tomorrow” before finishing their main set with the final two tracks from the new album “The Audience” and “Peace to the Mountain.” Upon returning for the encore Coheed and Cambria had a 3 pack of high energy songs to unleash on the crowd. First was what some might a new classic, the upbeat, bordering on pop punk, tune “You Got Spirit, Kid” which in true pop punk fashion ended with blasts of confetti cannons. While the sound of the song is rather new territory for the band, the next song up was perhaps the closest to it in the band’s back catalog “The Running Free.”
For the final song of the performance, Claudio Sanchez brought out his legendary double neck guitar to play the their signature song “Welcome Home” which is rooted in what is perhaps one of the best guitar riffs of the last twenty years. The tune is also up there amongst one of the best modern rock songs to see performed live. Sanchez’s theatrics and guitar tricks while playing display the presence of a true rock star who commands the stage with his performance. At one point during the set the Sanchez took time to talk about the band now having been around a while, and their honed live performance drove the point home.
Coheed and Cambria are now a band building a legacy for themselves. They have matured into a powerhouse of the rock genre continuing to pack venues wherever they play. Their passionate fan base who continue to come out to show after show, many even donning shirts from past tour are reminiscent of metal icons like Iron Maiden. Coheed and Cambria are band with tremendous staying power, and as they move in a new direction with their music and continue to grow, it would not be surprising in the least to see them moving up to the arena circuit before long.